The video I’m preparing for the Korean festival is looking really great!
The meeting with the NNTT, The Rocker, and The Activist went really well. Afterwards, The Activist wrote a dancer friend of hers who knew the producer we talked to and even called him by a nickname which suggests that they are quite close. The NNTT gave us a list of people to connect who are doing a lot of new and interesting things in Japan and The Activist’s friend confirmed that these are the types of people that we should be meeting with.
One of these contacts is interesting because they brought my former dance company from Boston to Japan, worked at Expo, and also runs the auditions for Cirque du Soleil in Japan. They are involved in a lot of international dance collaborations with Japan and Canada, Australia, the USA, etc.
She’s been great and says that if we decide to move forward, we should not hesitate to ask her for any help that we might need.
Took more notes from the meetings in Tokyo with The Rocker today.
[The Travelling Acrobat] was asked to come onboard The Rocker’s project last fall as assistant director for a circus-themed opening ceremony for the International Arts Festival in Taiwan.
We presented our proposal to the National Theatre and at the same time began researching the possibility of an exchange with Canada to produce a Taiwan/Canada tour exchange of artist groups. That idea was favorably received and we also heard of interest in a Hong Kong engagement.
It was at that time that I was asked to investigate and gauge interest in bringing the show here to Tokyo. So far we have had a strongly favorable response, but the problem is always the same – finding a way to integrate this show to appeal directly to a major corporate sponsor.
In Taiwan, we have a CKS Cultural Center and National Theatre residency to create the first collaboration between Taiwanese performers and Canadians.
To make this happen, we are using our connections at Cirque du Soleil, The National Circus School, and Tohu in Montreal.
Canada is famous for acrobatic dance and circus and multi-media performances, e.g. Carbon-14, La La La Human Steps, Robert Lepage. We work with video artists, choreographers, and musicians.
On the Taiwan side, there are groups like Tai Gu Tales Dance Theater.
This is what brings us to you today. We know that you represent excellence and progressive thinking in the arts. We think that a collaboration could be interesting for you because an international circus arts project has the potential to:
- Create an intimate connection with the audience
- Appeal to a younger generation
- Stimulate artistic creation in a new art form for Japan
- Offer workshops, classes, and coaching
- Stimulate deeper international exchange
- Merge with video and multimedia materials and live music
- Present modern, thematic work
- Integrate the dance and theatre programs